University of Idaho Submits Midyear Budget Holdback Plan to State

Monday, October 12 2009

MOSCOW, Idaho – In a letter to faculty, staff and students statewide today, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis outlined the institution's midyear budget holdback plan. The plan came after meetings with university executive staff, faculty, staff, student and other leadership constituent groups, and from internal economic and budget modeling.

Under the plan, the university, which receives several different appropriations from the state including the primary allocation focused on general education, will return to the state approximately $7.1 million from reductions in personnel, operating expenses and capital outlays.

"The recalibration plan we submitted today required exceedingly difficult choices, and virtually every part of the university has been impacted," Nellis wrote. "I continue to remind state leadership about the vital role that its only land-grant university plays in the state’s social and economic development. If the university is to remain the vibrant partner that has built this great state and will lead it to a strong recovery, it will be critical that we both focus on building our own resources and that our state leadership protect the essential nature of its investment in higher education and the work of future generations that we uniquely support. Continued disinvestment should no longer be an option."

While furlough scenarios had been discussed and reviewed, "we will not ask for that level of sacrifice from our employees at this time," wrote Nellis.

General education holdbacks of $4,964,000 will come from personnel cost recovery – including elimination of a portion of our vacant positions, travel, operating expense reductions and use of university reserves; dairy holdbacks of $600,000 will come from a capital outlay reduction; Agricultural Research and Extension Service holdbacks of $1,499,400 will come from personnel cost recovery, operating expense, capital outlay reductions and ARES reserves; and Forest Utilization Research – $23,300 – and IGS – $30,700 – holdbacks will come from personnel cost reductions.

These reductions will be implemented at the college and unit level in the coming weeks. The full plan submitted to the state will be available later online:  
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit  

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit